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Article on buying a homestead.

Megan VenturellaMegan Venturella Posts: 409 ✭✭✭✭


  • RustBeltCowgirlRustBeltCowgirl North Coast OhioPosts: 854 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Good article. According to this article, I'm on the right track. Now, if I could just get out and look at where I want to go.

  • karenjanickikarenjanicki Posts: 655 ✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for the info!

  • Michelle DMichelle D Posts: 325 ✭✭✭

    I don't have time to read the article right now, but I definitely will book mark it. It sounds like information that will be great for me to have. Thank you for posting it.

  • Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 1,969 admin
    edited April 6

    Great article. I need to read it a few times.

    Many of the items brought up are right on target. I have heard of many people that cannot have animals or even dogs of what would be considered farm land. I never thought of paths and small roadways as an issue.

    I have been looking for land in Ga, where my family is from. It has been a nightmare.

  • ltwickeyltwickey Posts: 329 ✭✭✭

    Me and my husband have been looking in TN and AL and are blown away at how difficult is... The market is definitely a sellers market....

  • Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 1,969 admin
    edited April 6

    I have been looking for property in Ga for close to 4 years. My one stipulation makes it more difficult but the biggest issue I have had, being out of state, they do not take me seriously.

    Another thing the one realtor does (I'm not sure if they all do it) is that I am farmed out. I want to talk to people and banks in the county I want, not in Texas or some other silly place. They did this to me a few days ago and I just plainly told them, my county - my towns or I come down and talk to the first people I see. I don't know why they seem to have to make it harder than it is.

    My family is from Ga and I want my mom to be down there and spend time with them while she can

  • RustBeltCowgirlRustBeltCowgirl North Coast OhioPosts: 854 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Denise Grant Maybe consider the Chamber of Commerce for whatever town or county that you want to live in. Writing to them may put you in contact with a local realtor that has an interest in promoting the area.

    My game plan for New Mexico is to take a week's vacation and go Airbnb in the area that I'm leaning toward. Pick the host's brain, talk to local people and soak up the atmosphere.

  • Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 1,969 admin
    edited April 6

    Goof Idea @RustBeltCowgirl

    I'll be down in Ga in May. I had hoped to be able to get more of a look at property before I go and get either a video tour or more photos. I want to gbe able to make up my mind asap.

    I wanted to have mom down there before another winter, they really do here in up here

    I am going to call my cousins and get their help too and I would not be surprised if I have a relative in home sales. My relatives founded a town way back when so I am related to many people in that area

    Yes, you really need to be able to taljk to people and get the behind the scenes info when looking for a home

  • RustBeltCowgirlRustBeltCowgirl North Coast OhioPosts: 854 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Denise Grant Your magic statement might be "I want to bring Mama back home for good". Family might jump on that bandwagon real fast. Plus they would know the friend of a friend who has acreage for sale.....maybe.

    In my case, I read the closest city newspaper, lurk on the one town's Facebook page. I thought I saw another one for the area. The permanent move is probably 3 to 4 years down the road. But if I can get property sooner, I will.

  • Megan VenturellaMegan Venturella Posts: 409 ✭✭✭✭

    @RustBeltCowgirl We drove through NM last summer during our move and I absolutely fell in love with it. We stayed with great friends who were still the newcomers there after twenty years! It still seems to have a bit of the Wild West spirit there- some of the stories they told us belonged in a Clint Eastwood movie.

    But the beauty was staggering!

  • JennyTJennyT Posts: 469 ✭✭✭

    Great article, thanks for sharing @Megan Venturella.

    It's given me much to think about and consider as we're selling our house now and looking for that 10-30 acres here in South Carolina.😊

  • maimovermaimover Posts: 345 ✭✭✭

    @Denise Grant my suggestion would be to find a realtor you feel you can trust, let them know you are serious and so your best to keep in touch. Any other help you can get from family/friends will help as well. Sometimes they may see something locally that a realtor may not be privy to.

    @RustBeltCowgirl one of the nurses that came for my disabled son, who was also married to a distant relative, lived in New Mexico for a few years. She said it was the best place she had ever lived and wanted to go back; her husband not so much...

  • naomi.kohlmeiernaomi.kohlmeier Posts: 321 ✭✭✭

    Great ideas! Thanks for the info!

  • Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 1,969 admin

    One thing I alwasy did before I rented and it would also work for buying is talk to the neighbors. They can share a lot of info on strange laws, zoning, water or flooding issues, etc...

  • Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 1,969 admin

    Another article on a homestead that just brings up pitfalls you may encounter along the way. Although this is more for when you have bought property it also helps to point out what you should be looking for and at when looking at property. I am really doing a lot of research on the properties I am looking at and its the first time in venture I actually feel good about what direction I am heading. My biggest issue has been distance and not to great realtors.


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